Auburn basketball has returned from Mexico and returned to class. Tuesday, they'll return to action against USC-Upstate. While it's dangerous to overlook any opponent, this game is the first one I've felt confident about all season.
You may be surprised to learn that USC-Upstate--the Spartans--come from the upstate area of South Carolina. Spartanburg to be precise. They return ten players including all five starters from last year, but as long-time Tiger fans know, that's not always a good thing. Last year's Spartan squad finished 10-22, 8th of 8 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. This year's Spartans are picked to repeat their eighth place finish.
The Spartans are led by third and fourth team All-ASUN players Deion Holmes and Michael Buchanan. Holmes was named to the ASUN All freshman team last year and is averaging 13 points per game so far this season. Buchanan is a big, strong, senior center who stands 7' 285 lbs. Buchanan currently averages 13 points and 9 rebounds. Auburn needs to get reps against more men like Buchanan before conference play starts.
The computers give Auburn a huge advantage and frankly, they should. Auburn should win this game big and early. Auburn 88 Spartans 55.
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Time: 7:00pm Central
TV: SEC Network Plus (Alternate SEC Network)
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